President Trump is giving his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to ring him up — a move that appears unprecedented and that experts warn could compromise sensitive information.
Trump gave his number to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, according to former and current US officials.
The president also made the offer to Mexico, but officials there did not take him up on it.
Unlike secure lines in the Oval Office and the Situation Room, Trump’s White House-issued cellphone could be snooped on by foreign spies or even US intelligence, according to a security expert.
“If someone is trying to spy on you, then everything you’re saying, you have to presume that others are listening to it,” said Derek Chollet, a former Pentagon adviser and National Security Council official.
During the 2016 presidential election, Trump criticized Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server for official business while she was secretary of state.